November 2017

Merseyside police officer admits downloading child abuse images

A Merseyside police officer today admitted possessing a stash of 1,500 indecent images of children.

PC Darren Wright, who was suspended from duty, pleaded guilty to making (downloading), possessing and sharing images of child abuse over a two year period ending in June.

23 images were “Category A”, the most serious category according to sentencing guidelines involving child rape.

Wright, who is suffering from leukaemia, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today but sentencing was adjourned until January 8 for the preparation of pre-sentence reports.

The 38-year-old, of Chester Road in Southport , accepted downloading 1500 indecent photographs of children.

He also accepted possessing the images, and a further charge of possessing 20 ‘prohibited images’ of children.

Wright admitted an additional charge of “distributing a number of images of children”, significantly aggravating the case.

Judge Alan Conrad, QC, adjourned the case but warned Wright that “all sentencing options remain open including immediate custody.”